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54mm
Viking Warrior (10th Century AD)
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by: Costas Rodopoulos [ MAJOR_GOOSE ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

Introduction


Viking miniatures are a classic choice of subject for almost all figure manufacturers. They are also one - if not the most - of my favorite miniature subjects.

To date Seil Models has two Viking figures in their 54mm range, both sculpted by Yuri Serebriakov with boxart is painted by Kim Man Jim. These two figures can be used together in a vignette. In fact, Seil have already released the pair together with a lovely double base for them (SH54032).

Yuri, one of my favorite sculptors, is one of the specialists when it comes to sculpting chain-mail. After all the above we have to open the “Viking Warrior (19th Century AD) SH 54024 and review it.


The kit


Typically a grey glossy sleeve (with two pictures of the figure ) surrounds the classical black box Seil figures are shipped in. All nine white metal pieces that make up the figure box are safely sandwiched between two dark grey thick foam sheets. The quality of the metal parts is really very high. With an entirely smooth surface, other than a pet with the fine steel wool to polish the figure, almost no cleaning is needed.


The Pieces:


The kit consists of the following nine pieces:

  • The 2 legs
  • Torso with head
  • Right arm – hand holding a big axe
  • Left arm – hand holding the shield
  • Shield
  • Helmet
  • Scabbard with sword
  • Dagger with small bag
  • Base


    Quality and Detail


    The pose is somewhat different than usual. With the two arms are opened wide, the pose could be translated in many ways, including: praying to a god, asking for something; or yelling after a victorious battle. It has spirit, and I like it!

    The sculpted detail is nice, but then that is expected given the experienced sculptor and high quality cast. The detail has very clean lines, excellent definition and separation. The chain-mail, which was my priority in this figure, is just perfect. It is realistically sized for the scale and clearly a lot of work has gone into creating it “clean” and ring by ring. The wolf fur looks very authentic.
    All these details are things that will definitely attract the painter; this is definitely a painter's figure!

    The white metal material is excellent. The surface is smooth and clean. In fact the total look is that of the figure you have always dreamt of when opening the box

    There are no molding lines evident, so all you need to do is to lightly polish the metal with some fine steel wool followed by a wash with a mild detergent-water mix to clean it prior to priming.


    Painting


    I would say that this is a medium to hard figure for painting .

    There are many different textures to render. The large amount of mail needs some attention to paint it realisticly, as does the fur. Leather and cloth are also present, so this figure really does feature almost all painting textures possibilities.
    Since half of the face is hidden by the helmet, those fearing painting flesh should not have too many problems!

    Making the base will be fun as you have free range of outer space and possibly on a top of a hill either with snow or just some vegetation .


    Conclusion – Final Verdict


    With yet another fantastic figure, Seil Models improve with every new figure they release. With high quality metal, perfect surfaces, clean castings and highly skilled sculptors Seil Models assure lots of fun hours for the modeler.

    Highly Recommended

    Historical Notes - Links


    Viking Empires. Forte, Oram, Pedersen. Cambridge University Press. 2005
    Halvgrimrs Viking/PreViking Helm Presentation/Webpage
    The Norwegian Viking Swords. Jan Petersen (1919) - translated by Kristin Noer (1998)
    Weapons of a Wealthy 7th Century Northern European Warrior. Viscount Tarrach Alfson, KSCA
    Ravensgards Viking Age Page - Military
    The textiles in the Oseberg ship. Anne Stine Ingstad
    The Viking Shield from Achaeology. Peter Beatson - NVG Miklagard
    Regia Anglorum: Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Norman and British Living History

  • SUMMARY
    With exceptional sculpting from Yuri Serebriakov, detail and quality are complimented by a popular subject. The Vikings!
      DETAIL - QUALITY:95%
      PACKING - INFORMATION:90%
      POSE - THEME:90%
    Percentage Rating
    93%
      Scale: 54mm
      Mfg. ID: SH54024
      Suggested Retail: 24.00 EUR
      Related Link: 
      PUBLISHED: Jun 19, 2006
      NATIONALITY: Iceland
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 88.76%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.67%

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    About Costas Rodopoulos (Major_Goose)
    FROM: KIKLADHES, GREECE / Ελλάδα

    I started modelling 27 years ago with some 1/72 planes and military vehicles. Soon the diorama bug got into me and with Sheperd Paynes books I dug in. I loved to build dioramas and military vehicles till the Vietnam Era. I don't like modern stuff so much. 4 years ago I had a crush on figure painti...

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